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More than 34 million Americans have diabetes and require a lifetime of treatment. Diabetes is a complex and very personal disease. The challenges of daily self-management are difficult but the benefits are real.

How Does Diabetes Affect the Body?

In diabetes, high blood sugar levels can damage parts of your body, especially the kidneys, heart, eyes and nerves. High blood pressure and hardening of the arteries also develop from diabetes...

Overlooked, overworked and misunderstood. What part of the body meets this description? The kidneys!

––They work hard. They are on call morning, noon and night to filter toxins from your body and regulate fluids and blood pressure.

––Kidneys are overlooked. Most people don’t know where they are. (Kidneys are located near the back of your body near the waist.)

––The kidneys’...

Millions of people around the world have chronic kidney disease (CKD), which can affect anyone, no matter their age, gender, race, or ethnic background. Some research has shown that the risk for CKD is slightly greater in women than in men - 14% women versus 12% men.1

UTIs and kidney infections are more common in women

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) lead to...

33% of American adults are at risk for kidney disease.

Yes, one in three people.

If you are Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Asian American, Pacific Islander, American Indian, or Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, heritage you may be at an increased risk for kidney disease.

Black or African Americans...

People who have chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at increased risk for gout and often are unaware of this risk. If left untreated, gout can lead to serious health issues.


Kidney Disease - The Basics

Kidney disease, also known as chronic kidney disease or CKD, causes more deaths than breast cancer or prostate cancer (NVS 2021 report of 2018 data). It is the under-recognized public health crisis. 

  • Kidney disease affects an estimated 37 million people in the U.S. (15% of the adult population; more than 1 in 7 adults).
  • Approximately 90% of those...

The chances of losing one's mental faculties with age are increased in older adults with chronic kidney disease, according to two research reports in the August issue of American Journal of Kidney Diseases, the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation.

The good news is that there are medications that decrease albuminuria or protein in the urine, one of the earliest signs of kidney disease, and therefore may prevent or delay...

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, accounting for 44% percent of new cases. Current research suggests that control of high blood pressure is a key factor in slowing this disease. Strict control of blood sugar levels and reduction of dietary protein intake are also important. Treatment to prevent diabetic kidney disease should begin early — before kidney damage develops.

  • In the United States, over 29...
Reviewed June 2019